"Freedom Trees" honor veterans this Christmas

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - People in Monroe are honoring those who served our country with a unique holiday twist. The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum has its annual Freedom Trees outside during December.

The five trees stand for the five branches of the US Military and they're placed in the order that they were founded: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

People can bring pictures and information about veterans to the museum. They can donate an ornament that will be placed on the trees.

When the trees are taken down, the ornaments will be added to the permanent collection and will be on the trees for years to come.

Museum director Adrienne LaFrance-Wells says it's about showing pride and honoring those who served.

"We hear from a lot of people who drive through Kansas Lane and on their way to the airport that the trees mean a lot to them,” she says. “The fact that we make the effort to decorate and honor these soldiers really means a lot to the community, the people who work nearby, and the people who travel back and forth to the airport."

People have until Christmas to bring in pictures to decorate the trees.